March 18, 2006

Navy Thrashings

Okay, a couple quick questions for you former or current Swabbies...

Did you get thrashed for having writing on the outside of your envelopes when going through boot camp? Is it even actually considered "boot camp"? (Tentacles and all that, you know...)

Just what is the Navy term for your drill instructors? And what would your "heavy hat" (second in command, or the mean one) be called?

A friend of mine is at Great Lakes, and has found it boring... I want to liven things up for him a bit.

Heheheheh... I'll appreciate your answers, even if he doesn't.

LET ME AMEND THIS: He will appreciate your silence, but I sure as hell won't!!! ;)

Posted by That 1 Guy at March 18, 2006 12:14 PM

.. either way, man, just write a nice squid poem on the back of the envelope and send it... it can't hurt...

Posted by: Eric at March 19, 2006 06:26 AM

When I was in, they were referred to as "Company Commanders". I had two, an E-7 and an E-6 (Chief Mendez and Petty Officer First Class Pyles).

Chief Mendez was the hardass, although PO Pyles didn't exactly put the "good" in "good cop".

Chief frightened me. I distinctly recall during one particularly brutal-cold day in Great Lakes, IL, when the uniform of the day included a ski mask, a towel around your neck for a scarf, heavy gloves, and hands in pockets, this guy was marching beside the company wearing a uniform jacket (a light fall thing - generally useless below 40 degrees above), nothing over his ears, no gloves, and hands down by his sides.

Nobody f'd with the Chief.

Posted by: Harvey at March 20, 2006 09:26 AM

Our drill instructors were called company commanders.

Want to liven things up for him a bit? Send him a care package, i.e. cookies. Yes, write all the crap you can on the outside of the envelope. He'll catch hell for it and he'll have to share everything in the care package with the company commanders. At least that's how they did it when I was in bootcamp many, many moons ago.

Posted by: Alabama Improper at March 20, 2006 09:57 PM